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How to Negotiate with Your ISP

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My wife is the main negotiator and dealmaker of our household. Before we met, she’d already crushed major life moments like buying a house, hammering out a great deal on a new car and getting the best possible salary offer for a new job. So when it came time to gather guidance for negotiating with your internet service provider, you’d better believe I started with her.”Kindness is key,” she said. “Always be friendly and courteous.” The person on the other end of the phone (or online chat, as the case may be) is much more likely to work with you if met with decency and patience. I could fill up a whole column with my wife’s advice, but I thought I’d also seek insights from professionals. As you might imagine, some gave us standard party lines about how every customer gets the same high-value offers, or how agents work tirelessly to make sure consumers get the best available price at the start. You know the drill.We all know that’s not 100% true, or providers wouldn’t constantly change their promotions and offers. But after sifting through the talking points, here’s what I gleaned on how to negotiate with an ISP.Have you done your research?”I think the first thing is to try to be knowledgeable before you make the call,” said Earthlink CEO Glenn Goad. From his perspective, most consumers aren’t familiar enough with their options when they contact an ISP, which puts them at a disadvantage and can lead to buying more than they need — whether that’s a higher speed than necessary or bundled services that they don’t actually want or need. Here’s how you can avoid pitfalls like that.Do a deep dive into yourselfSpend part of your preparation by building a case for yourself as a desirable customer. How long have you been with your ISP? If you’re two months into a 24-month contract, you’re less likely to get any traction on carving out a better deal. That’s because providers often collect an early termination fee if you bail on your existing contract.On the other hand, if you’ve been with the same ISP for several years, there’s a much better chance of finding an amenable temperament on their end. In that case, the provider should be much more motivated to keep you as a subscriber because there’s no financial benefit claimed from your loss. Either way, having this basic info on hand will help you better make your claim.You can also do yourself a favor and set the stage for a more profitable exchange by paying your bills on time. Once you’ve built up months or years of steady, on-time payments, the sales agent will be more likely to see you as a valuable customer, and one worth keeping happy.A plan with faster speeds might be the boost your network needs — and if you consider each plan’s cost per Mbps, a faster plan might be a better value, too. But be careful not to pay for a plan that’s faster than what you really need.
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Figure out what you actually needDon’t be an impulsive internet shopper. Before negotiating with your ISP, determine your goals for the call — it’s not always just about cutting a deal for a lower monthly bill. Yes, knocking a few bucks off each month’s bill is always welcome, but it might not ultimately be your best deal. For example, during the pandemic, many of us discovered that our previous internet plan was not sufficient for increased work-from-home or remote schooling duties. With more people (and devices) online at the same time, our old plans couldn’t keep up.An AT&T spokesperson shared with us that she advises customers to turn to a fiber network, if possible, to deal with bandwidth-heavy applications. “However, when fiber isn’t available, we recommend choosing the fastest option available based on the customer’s need,” she said. “With the average number of connected devices continuing to grow, most households would benefit from fast and more reliable speeds.”Guides like this one here on CNET can help you determine how much speed you actually need, so start there. Perhaps when you signed on with your provider, you chose a starter plan with 50 megabits per second download speed, but now your family needs more than that. Focus on securing a faster speed — maybe more like 200Mbps — and aim to get more for your money and decrease your cost per Mbps.On the flip side, perhaps you initially signed up for a gigabit speed plan because your ISP touted it as the fastest plan available. But do you and your roommate really need that much? You might find significant savings by downgrading to a plan with half the speed that allows you to do all the same activities without any discernible difference in performance. Many homes won’t notice much of a difference between a gigabit plan and a 500Mbps plan, for instance.Feel the need for speed? Not so fast!While download speed is certainly an important element in figuring out what type of plan fits you best, it’s

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